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May 31, 2012 10:22 AM by AP

HANO to present draft plans for N.O.'s Iberville

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A better picture of redevelopment plans for New Orleans' last barracks-style public housing complex will be presented to the public Thursday.

The Housing Authority of New Orleans is holding a meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for the Iberville public housing project, which sits next to the French Quarter.

Last year, officials announced a major plan to redevelop the old housing development long considered a drag on revitalizing the city's downtown business district.

Redeveloping the Iberville complex is expected to spur major changes at the back side of the French Quarter in the area known as Treme, which is considered America's oldest black neighborhood.

The Iberville public housing complex was built in the 1940s on the site of the famed legal red-light district called Storyville, where jazz great Louis Armstrong worked as a boy and Jelly Roll Morton played piano. The plan is to tear down most of the complex and replace it with a mixed-income neighborhood.

This is the last of the city's barracks-style housing projects. Four other large complexes were torn down after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005 and were replaced by mixed-income housing.

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